Ayodele Casel began her professional training at NYU Tisch and is a graduate of The William Esper Studio. Hailed by Gregory Hines as “one of the top young tap dancers in the world,” Ms. Casel has created commissions for Harlem Stage, the Apollo Theater’s Salon Series, and Lincoln Center. Ms. Casel co-choreographed and was featured on the PBS special The Rodgers & Hart Story. Other TV/Film: Third Watch, Law & Order, The Jamie Foxx Show, Bojangles, and Savion Glover’s Nu York. She has performed with Gregory Hines, Jazz Tap Ensemble, and American Tap Dance Orchestra. Ms. Casel was the only female in Savion Glover’s company NYOTs and recently performed in his work STePz. Ms. Casel is a founding director of Original Tap House and Operation:Tap. She is on the faculty of A BroaderWay, and LA DanceMagic. She has appeared on the cover of Dance Spirit, American Theatre, and The Village Voice.
Anthony Morigerato is the founder and director of Operation: Tap, an online forum that is dedicated to immersing tap dancing into the public’s consciousness. Anthony is also the Executive Producer of AM Dance Productions which has produced live theatrical performances in NYC since 2006. As a performer Anthony was a soloist and member of Michael Minery’s Tapaholics (2002-2012), the lead tap dancer and choreographer for the musical group Matt and Anthony (2009-2012), and a soloist and associate choreographer for Stacey Tookey’s Still Motion (2012-Present). Anthony has appeared as a choreographer and or a performer on several television shows including America’s Got Talent, The Arsenio Hall Show, So You Think You Can Dance, and the Tony Danza Show. Anthony holds the world record for “most tap sounds in one minute” having made 1,163 sounds. Anthony is an accomplished dancer in all disciplines having trained at Marymount Manhattan College where he performed the works of Robert Battle, Elizabeth Higgins, Jiri Kylian, David Parsons, Katie Langan and William Soleu. He has served as an adjudicator and master teachers for dance organizations, competitions, theater schools, and dance studios throughout the nation since 1999, having students go on to perform in all mediums of the performance industry. He is currently touring the country with NUVO Dance Convention, The Dance Awards, The Dance Teacher Summit, SLIDE, and Dancerpalooza.
Spring Break Workshop, 2017
Tap Off the Turkey TX, 2016
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Adriana Ray has been performing professionally, choreographing, and teaching since 2007. In 2010, Adriana became a member of Tapestry Dance Company directed by Acia Gray performing both locally and internationally over 3 seasons. Credits include the shows Voices of Rhythm, Time, April Fools, and The Souls of Our Feet- A Celebration of American Tap Dance China Tour amongst others. She has also performed with Tri-Tone Productions, Ballet Afrique Contemporary Ballet, Third Coast Contemporary and as a soloist.
Adriana has taught and choreographed for a number of studios in the San Antonio and Austin areas as well as for the Space City Tap Fest (Houston), The Beat Convention, and the Tap Love Tour. She has showcased choreography at festivals around the country, including Third Coast Rhythm Project (San Antonio), Soul2Sole (Austin), Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World, and the LA Tap Fest and continues her training at various festivals and workshops. Adriana holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin, is a Member of TATD, and has attended the Tap Program directed by Dianne Walker at the School at Jacob’s Pillow. She recently returned from China where she taught English as a Second Language and is currently living in San Antonio.
Fall Workshop, 2016
Fall Workshop, 2016
Torya Beard studied dance at the University of Michigan. She has toured extensively with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, David Rousseve/Reality, The Kevin Wynn Collection, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Diversity of Dance, Deeply Rooted Chicago Dance Theatre, and the National Tour of Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker, "Idlewild” starring Outkast. Theater credits: Broadway; Disney’s The Lion King (swing, dance captain, understudy Sarabi); Favorite Regional: The Wiz, at Arkansas Repertory Theater. Creative Director, A BroaderWay Foundation. Teaching: Salina Arts and Humanities Council, Tokyo School of Music, College of Mount St. Vincent, Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, Hinton Battle Youth Academy, Broadway Classrooms & more. Recent Choreography: The Classical Theatre of Harlem's The First Noel (Assistant).